Media Institute of Southern Africa MISA

promoting media diversity, pluralism, self sufficiency, independence

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is a non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. Officially launched in September 1992, MISA focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration … (about /Background 1/2).

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About /Background 2/2: … MISA seeks ways in which to promote the free flow of information and co-operation between media workers, as a principal means of nurturing democracy and human rights in Africa. 

The role of MISA is primarily one of a coordinator, facilitator and communicator, and for this reason MISA aims to work together with all like-minded organisations and individuals to achieve a genuinely free and pluralistic media in southern Africa.

The MISA Regional Secretariat is based in Windhoek NAMIBIA and its main tasks are:

  • Advocacy: To conduct advocacy in accordance to the organisation’s mission, act on media freedom violations and conduct research as the basis of specialised and popularised publications.
  • News Exchange: To facilitate news exchange (to make sure that local news from the independent media is made accessible to the whole region and that regional news from the independent media is made accessible to the world)
  • National Chapters: To establish a MISA platform in each of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, recruit all institutional and individual members representing the independent media in the region.
  • Capacity Building: To capacitate national chapters, individual members and the independent media.
  • Management: To establish and implement financial control systems for MISA programmes and core functions, develop and maintain a rolling planning system for MISA strategies, programmes and core functions and liaise with key opinion- and decision makers central to the fulfillment of the organisation’s mission.

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